The Grace Awards 2011 is now into its second year. What a ride it’s been. This year we had and avalanche of reader nominations to determine our finalists. The number of reader votes was up more than double from last year.
All nominations for any novel must be accompanied by at least a 25 word statement telling why the novel was nominated…a sort of mini-review or” notice”. This year the reasons given were astute and outstanding. There is no doubt that the Christian reader is both intelligent and perceptive.
And now…the finalists in five categories are…
Fresh Start Summer by Beverly Nault (Lamp Post Inc.) ~ Hollywood movie shoot upsets small town.
After The Snow Falls by Carey Jane Clark (Trestle Pres) ~ Can a mother find hope when illness threatens her son?
When Sparrows Fall by Meg Mosley (Multnomah Books) ~ Mother of six tries to escape Christian cult.
Give the Lady a Ride by Linda Yezak (Port Yonder Press) NYC professional woman vs. Texas bullrider.
Husband Material by Annette Irby (White Rose Publishing) Can widower find new love with feisty restaurant owner who has no time for a relationship?
Burning Hearts by Nike Chillemi (Desert Breeze Publishing) Dressmaker and WWII hero hunt a viscious arsonist/murder, while finding sweet young love.
The Witch Tree by Karin Kaufman (Amazon Digital Services) ~ Genealogist finds woman’s body, husband blames her, modern Wiccans confound the issue, killer targets her.
Goodbye Noel by Nike Chillemi (Desert Breeze Publishing) ~ With bodies piling up in a tiny village, can a pediatric nurse protect an orphaned infant from the killer and trust the stalwart village detective on the case.
Kill Shot by Anne Patrick (Desert Breeze Publishing) ~ Former combat medic is home and somebody is trying to kill her, almost as disturbing is the sheriff who’s trying to save her.
Split Sense by Barbara Ellen Brink (CreateSpace) ~ Someone is testing a new drug on pregnant women, enter twins separated at birth who possess paranormal gifts.
Wickflicker by Teric Darken (Treasureline Publishing) ~ College boys combine booze, womanizing, and Ouija, and then it really gets weird when they get involved in an arcane society.
Winter by Keven Newsome (Splashdown Darkwater) ~ Goths aren’t all the same, some are Christians and some have the gift of prophecy.
More Precious Than Gold by Lynn Dean (Amazon Digital Services) ~ Woman flees to western frontier but finds she can’t escape the hatred of the Civil War, add new dangers with the quest for land and gold.
Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West (Oak Tara) ~ Woman journalist covers Viet Nam War to get a Pulitzer, teams up with silent, brooding photographer who is hiding something.
Shadowed In Silk by Christine Lindsay (Whitefire Publishing) ~ After the Great War a woman returns to India with her son and her British officer husband ignores her, but an international spy might be targeting her.
Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson (Zondervan) ~ A merchant’s daughter is trapped in servitude to a Lord who is terrifying, but danger lurks for both of them.
Song Of The Ovulum by Bryan Davis (Living Ink Books) ~ A set of twins and their friend are in prison where experiments are being done on them, secrets of the past are being revealed, enter an ancient demon.
Finding Angel by Kat Heckenbach (Splashdown Books) ~ A foster child dreams of a fantasy land and meets a friend with magical “talent” who revives lost memories and leads her to her homeland.